Evaluating Equity in Mississippi’s 2024 School Funding Proposals

This post is part of our ongoing analysis of 2024 education legislation. See our bill tracker here for all analyses. In the 2024 legislative session, lawmakers have introduced two separate school funding proposals that each promise to inject at least an additional $200 million into funding for public education in Mississippi, with the House plan…

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Evaluating Equity in Mississippi’s 2024 School Funding Proposals

House Bill 4130: Mississippi School Funding Formula

Committee Education Author Rob Roberson Session 2024 Session Latest Action On May 8, the Governor signed HB 4130 into law. Explanation of the Bill Once approved by the Governor, House Bill 4130 will replace the Mississippi Adequate Education Program (MAEP) school funding formula with the Mississippi School Funding Formula (MSFF). MSFF is a weighted student…

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House Bill 4130: Mississippi School Funding Formula

Senate Bill 3231: PERS Changes

Committee Accountability, Efficiency, Transparency (Senate); State Affairs (House) Author David Parker Session 2024 Session Latest Action On May 9, SB 3231 became law without the Governor’s signature.  Explanation of the Bill Once approved by the Governor, Senate Bill 3231 will increase the PERS employer contribution rate by 2.5% over five years, starting with a 0.5%…

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Senate Bill 3231: PERS Changes

Senate Bill 2740: Pooling Risk for Insurance

Committee Insurance Author J. Walter Michel Session 2024 Session Latest Action The Governor signed SB 2740 into law on April 15. Explanation of the Bill Senate Bill 2740 would allow the governing board of any county, municipality, school district, or community college district to collaborate with the governing board of another political subdivision to pool…

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Senate Bill 2740: Pooling Risk for Insurance

House Bill 1341: Children of Military Personnel

Committee Education Author Kelvin Felsher Session 2024 Session Latest Action On April 20, the Governor signed HB 1341 into law. Its provisions will go into effect on July 1, 2024. Explanation of the Bill House Bill 1341 would slightly revise residency requirements for an existing “open enrollment” pathway to allow children of active service members…

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House Bill 1341: Children of Military Personnel

House Bill 1126: Walker Montgomery Protecting Children Online Act

Committee Technology; Judiciary A; Judiciary B Author Jill Ford Session 2024 Session Latest Action On April 30, the Governor signed HB 1126 into law. Explanation of the Bill House Bill 1126 would create the Walker Montgomery Protecting Children Online Act. The purpose of this would be to protect minors through requiring them to receive parental…

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House Bill 1126: Walker Montgomery Protecting Children Online Act

House Bill 1618: PERS

Committee Appropriations C (House); Finance (Senate) Author Clay Deweese Session 2024 Session Latest Action House and Senate conferees filed a conference report for HB 1618, but the bill was recommitted for further conference. The conferees failed to file a new conference report for the bill by the May 2 deadline, causing this bill to die…

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House Bill 1618: PERS

House Bill 1229: Equal Opportunity for Students with Special Needs

Committee Education Author Rob Roberson Session 2024 Session Latest Action On May 13, the Governor signed HB 1229 into law. Explanation of the Bill House Bill 1229 will reenact the Equal Opportunity for Students with Special Needs Act and extend its repealer from July 1, 2024 to July 1, 2028. In addition, it will amend…

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House Bill 1229: Equal Opportunity for Students with Special Needs